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Jan 23, 2009 04:24 AM

Sea Salt Naples

Has anyone eaten at Sea Salt in Naples? What did you think of it?

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  1. Look up the An Insatiable Appetite blog on blogspot. He reviewed Sea Salt, as well as a number of places in Naples, Bonita, and Ft. Myers.

    1. Six of us went to Sea Salt last night for dinner. It was ok. Nice atmosphere great service but the food did not live up to the menu descriptions. To give everyone a baseline we've been to Trulucks Roy's Campiellos and PF Chang. The food was outstanding at all 3 restaurants. Sea Salt's food was good but not outstanding. One person had butternut squash soup (delicious) others had calamari (ok) I had mussels(ok) Main courses 3 of us had salmon in limonchello with capers.(bland ...could not taste the marinade) One had surf and turf(the ravioli's were not cooked tasted doughy). Two had the scallops which again were ok but lacked that special something that one expects at an expensive restaurant. We did not have desert. We all said we would not go back. Too many better restaurants in the area.

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      1. re: missp58

        Have tried Sea Salt a few times. Not sure yet about this establishment. The food is just okay-it doesn't seem to justify the prices, the service can be spotty and downright frustrating, unlike a restaurant in this calibre.

        Best bet would be Trulucks for Seafood, Capitol Grill or Chops for steaks, etc. Any of these -you can't go wrong. Unfortunately in this economy, a restaurant has to "hit" on all cylinders: Food, Quality and Service for it to be a "must-go" to place. Sea Salt doesn't yet, but possibly given some time

      2. had lunch and it was a terrible experience all the way round. 'seafood florentine' soup was gray (gray soup?) with a sliver of green, which we assumed was the 'florentine'. we, who eat almost anything other than insects, found it unpalatable. batter on the shrimp in the mixed fry was gummy. oysters small and dry. soggy scallops (at least that's what we were told they were - you could have fooled us.) calamari was pretty ordinary and not as good as most neighborhood italian joints serve in n.j....even the lemon they served with it was so hard one would need a vise to squeeze it. service at 2 pm. was from the git-go sullen and slow. the hostess, who mumbled (we are not hard of hearing) was doing us a big favor to even speak to us. food delivery for such a late time was very slow. since the waitress appeared totally uninterested in knowing if we enjoyed the food, we wrote our comments down on the check and tried to hand them to the 'manager' who hautily and obnoxiously dismissed us by repeating, 'our food is excellent', 'everyone loves our food' over and over. in other words, we were culinary idiots. what an attitude! to give our credentials, we lived in nyc for years and have eaten at the best restaurants, cost not an object. we are also cooks ourselves and owned a restaurant for 15 years. we eat lunch out every day in naples and several times a week out to dinner. these people need cooking lessons and a course in manners. they can't last long.

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        1. re: marjorie zimmerman

          The owner of this restaurant came on another thread talking about how it was the top restaurant in John Mariani's restaurant ratings in Esquire. Well, not with that sort of attitude. I assume this was the same woman. They will be gone before season is over if they don't clean up their act. LMF

        2. We had dinner there with friends last week. What a huge disappointment.The caesar salad was somewhat deconstructed - a small wedge of romaine covered with a heavy, overpowering gloppy dressing - and enough dressing for several salads. The dressing was an absolute palate killer that reeked of egg. My app of roasted beets was actually really good. It was the only decent food our table was to see that evening. The carpaccio was inedible. Two of us ordered the ahi tuna as an entree. It is listed on the menu as "served rare". I specifically asked our server if it was really rare and he assured me it was. Of course, when it came - both orders - it was overcooked. Gray with a bit of pink in the middle and coated in an almost impossibly thick covering a sesame seeds. My daughter ordered the roasted chicken. The crust was so totally burned that it was inedible. She was going to just remove the skin and eat the meat underneath, but it had been so torched that the meat tasted burned. Yet - when she cut into the thigh, it was raw in the middle. This dish was sent back and no replacement was requested. One diner ordered the grouper, with the simple request of no capers. Of course, the dish came literally smothered in capers. The grouper was no better for it and we all wondered if the plethora of capers was there to cover up a freshness issue with the fish, as the flavor hinted at a bit of age. Another dinner uneaten. There were other dishes on the table that remained uneaten, but I am not sure what the issues with these dishes were, so I can't be specific.
          Through all of this, we had a condescending, snotty waiter. He was French. My husband told him the caesar was less than spectacular (in perfect French, no less) and was rewarded with an attitude that basically said the problem was with my husband and not the caesar.
          Service was terrible. Attitude was terrible. Food was a nightmare. Then one of the servers poured hot coffee down the back of another patron near us. The poor gentleman had to quickly pull off his shirt, revealing an already bright red back. This of course, followed by an ambulance and paramedics. The perfect end to the perfect evening.
          Obviously, we will not be back. But - the restaurant was full to the brim at the time we left. And with tourist season almost upon us, I am sure Sea Salt will have a very profitable season. Too bad.

          1. i'm really pulling for this restaurant as i lived in dc when the owner was the sous chef for Roberto Donna's Galileo which was the top rated food place in dc for many yrs. i was also disappointed when i ate there about 2 mos ago. the service was very bad as the waiter forgot to "fire up" our entree order so we waited about an hr between courses. they tried to make it up with free desserts and a glass of wine but at that point the damage had been done. the food was good. i had a pasta appetizer: the Kobe beef bolognese , had the surf and turf (the steak was outstanding with a foie gras sauce). i hope some of the lousy food preparations mentioned here are because the chef/owner was not there --i know they have gone thru at least one sous chef who was formerly the chef at Naples Tomato. if it lasts the season i will try it again in the spring.